Jack Benny and Ronald Coleman

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frontrowkid
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Jack Benny and Ronald Coleman

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Ronald and Benita Coleman made several appearances on Benny's radio show and while they were not next door neighbors, the script was written to indicate that. Jack was always coming over to borrow sugar or use the lawn mower. One time he borrowed Coleman's Oscar which was promptly stolen in a hold-up attempt (not the famous "I'm thinking it over"routine) and Jack's attempt to conceal the loss while trying to get another one to replace it was the subject of a few shows. In the Forties, you could tour Beverly Hills by bus while the driver pointed out various stars homes. Occasionally, the bus would stop to allow you get off and take pictures. Tourists were always coming to the door to meet Jack or Mary only to be met by the maid or the Benny's young daughter Joan. They would receive a glossy photo from the stack on the hall table. The tour guide would always point out that the Ronald Colemans lived right next door to the Bennys. The tourists became such a nuisance in knocking on the door or standing on the freshly seeded lawn that the owners put up a sign which said emphatically, "No the Ronald Colemans DONT LIVE HERE."
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